Cold War | War History

Kwajalein Atoll: A Pivotal US Army Victory During the Second World War

American troops standing among debris and damage

The Kwajalein Atoll is a ring-shaped coral formation in the Republic of the Marshall Islands. The largest and southernmost island in the atoll is Kwajalein,…

The Medal of Honor Recipient Who Shot Someone He Accused of Being a Communist Spy

Arthur Jackson shaking hands with President Harry Truman

Arthur Jackson enlisted in the US Marine Corps when he was only 18 years old. He quickly became a super soldier, earning both the Purple…

A B-52 Bomber Fire Almost Caused a Chernobyl-Like Incident in North Dakota

Clare Fitzgerald
B-52 Stratofortress in flight + Mushroom cloud

It might come as a surprise to some, but the United States came close to nuclear disaster more than once during the Cold War. The…

Panzerfaust 3: Germany’s Modern Tank-Piercing Grenade Launcher

Germany Army Cpl. Vadim Ganshi aiming a Panzerfaust 3 + Photo of a Panzerfaust 3

The lightweight and portable Panzerfaust 3 has been in the news as of late due to its use in the ongoing conflict between Russia and…

8 Fierce Historical Military Figures Most People Haven’t Heard About

Portrait of Francis Pegahmagabow + Stanislav Petrov sitting in his apartment + Lyudmila Pavlichenko holding a sniper rifle

History is filled with so many fierce fighters that it’s not surprising some have been largely forgotten following their service. Here are eight of the…

A B-52 Stratofortress Once Crashed in North Carolina, Dropping Two Nuclear Bombs

Clare Fitzgerald
Firefighters standing around the smouldering wreckage of the B-52 Stratofortress

The Cold War was a time of uncertainty across the world, particularly in the United States, where the majority of the population feared a nuclear…

Gail Halvorsen Dropped Candy Over Berlin During the Soviet Blockade In 1948-49

Clare Fitzgerald
Gail Halvorsen standing among a crowd of children

The Soviet blockade of Berlin in 1948-49 was a tough time for those living in the German capital. The United States was among the Allied…

The Skipjack-Class Gave the US Navy An Edge in Underwater Combat

USS Shark at sea

The Skipjack-class of American submarine was developed in the 1950s, bringing about a host of revolutionary features that became standard for future vessels. Named after…

A Sausage-Filled Jetliner Crashed During the Cold War, Killing 16 Soviet Admirals

Jesse Beckett
Tupolev Tu-104 in the snow + Fork holding up a sausage

One of the many close calls between the United States and the Soviet Union during the Cold War occurred on February 7, 1981. On this…

The M60 Machine Gun Has Withstood the Test of Time, Here’s Why

M-60 Machine Gun and Julie Andrews

The M60 machine gun is as much a symbol of the Vietnam War as the peace sign. This weapon was loved and loathed – it…

The MiG-31: A Soviet-Era Interceptor That’s Faster Than Any Western Combat Jet Currently In Service


Designed as a slightly more refined and civilized version of the MiG-25 Foxbat, the MiG-31 is an aircraft that has remained mysterious to the West…

5 Top Secret Military Bases That Changed History

Missile lifting off from Kwajalein Atoll + Two people walking in a dark cave

The world’s military superpowers are known for being secretive when it comes to their operations, so it’s no surprise there are numerous formerly-secret bases located…